Category Archives: Aviation Technology

What Is Avionics in Aircraft?

Avionics is a combination of two terms: aviation and electronics. In simple terms, it is the electronic systems used in aircraft (also in spacecraft and artificial satellites) that often include flight control systems, engine controls, flight recorders, communications, navigation, threat detection, weather radar, electro-optic (EO/IR) systems, fuel systems, and performance monitors. Depending on the aircraft type, some require simple systems such as searchlights for a police helicopter, while others demand more sophisticated functions like those used in warplanes. Here, we explain the seven basic systems that make up modern avionics. Navigation Avionics systems use satellites like WAAS or GPS, ...

Feasible Ways for the Aviation Industry to Cut Back Emissions

While the aviation carbon emissions only account for about 1.7% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, there is a growing clamor for carbon-neutral flying among consumers, especially the millennials and Gen Z.  In a recent survey released by the McKinsey & Company, about one-third of respondents said they were willing to pay more for carbon-neutral tickets, adding that they were even planning to reduce their travel due to climate concerns.    The Paris Agreement: Background  In December 2015, hundreds of countries signed the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately limit global temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial ...

Is Flying a Light Aircraft Easier Than Driving a Car?

With all the high-tech stuff big airplanes have, like autopilot and autothrottle systems, you might be thinking that flying couldn’t be that hard. Well, there may be some truth to that, but saying that it is easy discredits all the training pilots had to go through to properly fly a plane and bring it back safely to the ground consistently. In reality, there’s much more to flying than you may think.   Steering: Flying vs Driving First, if by flying, you mean just being already in the air and steering the plane, it’s probably easier. Almost all ...

Emerging technologies that may transform the aviation industry in 2021

To cope with the pandemic's damage to the aviation industry, new technologies that aim to improve passenger security and confidence are currently under study and development. The whole aviation industry would probably want to forget 2020. It was the worst year in aviation history, according to the IATA. The overall volume of passengers and number of flights dropped so much that it would take years before the industry fully recovered from the hit. Of course, the problem was the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Government-imposed travel bans and lockdowns prevented people from going anywhere. However, even as the regulations became less strict, ...

How Has COVID-19 Pushed Aircraft Manufacturers to Develop Better Clean-Cabin Tech?

The coronavirus pandemic dealt a massive blow to the aviation industry. With various lockdown restrictions in effect, travel has been much harder. We have seen a steep drop in the number of passengers since the onset of the virus, and the industry has yet to recover. The reason for the lack of passengers and flights, however, is not because air travel itself is unsafe. Research conducted by Boeing revealed that the cabin environment significantly reduces and removes cough particles in the air. According to Dan Freeman, Chief Director of Boeing Confident Travel Initiative, “We found people seated next to each ...

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